Tag Archives: lesvos

Losing souls to save face: the EU-Turkey deal

There are only six kilometres in the strait of Mytilene between Lesvos and the Ayvalik islands in Turkey. In the summer the deep blues of the eastern Aegean are complemented by a backdrop of lush green and yellow hills from the surrounding islands. In the winter the calm seas swell to short sharp waves as […]

In Lesvos: a warm welcome to a cold winter

Please, lady, don’t choose the Ugg boots, anything but the goddamn Ugg boots. I’m in the clothes tent at a cliff-side refugee transit camp in Lesvos, Greece. It’s a slow day, so the Iraqi-Kurdish lady has time to pick out which shoes she’d like. Having just clambered out of dodgy boats, most refugees come to […]

A cleaning day at Moria camp, Lesvos

Everyone says today is eerily quiet. “Sinister” one other volunteer says. I wouldn’t know: this is my first visit to Moria – a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesvos. Filled with thousands of refugees just days before, almost all of them have moved on. What’s more, the incoming boats have paused (update: I […]